The Mysteries of God

February 26, 2016

                                     The Mysteries of God

“And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.   For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.    Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.    And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:    For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.    But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear” (Matthew 13:10-16).

Christian churches aren’t secret societies that give out secrets to the members as they advance from one level to another.  There are things, however, that we understand better as we grow in knowledge of the Bible.  It is God’s will that we grow in wisdom and knowledge.  Colossians 2:2-3 says, “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;   In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

According to Unger’s Bible Dictionary, “The term mystery comprehends not only a previously hidden truth, presently divulged, but one that contains a supernatural element which still remains in spite of the revelation.” It is something that no one understands in all its ramifications.

In Matthew 13:15 Jesus said that people’s hearts are waxed gross and their ears are dull of hearing.  That explains why many can’t understand divine truth.  Some say that when they read the Bible they don’t understand it.  The Bible is best understood by those with a tender heart and a willingness to accept it as divine truth. If you read the Bible with a critical eye, seeking to find fault with it, you are sure to find things you don’t agree with.  The problem is that you aren’t reading it with the right spirit.  In John 7:17 Jesus said, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”

God has wonderful and precious things for those who are his.  Those with a hard heart, however, can’t understand it, much less accept it.  There are those who want to believe that God’s salvation is only available through their church, or by human merit.  If you believe that way, you will have a hard time understanding the Bible because it doesn’t teach that.

The parables of Jesus were almost always understood by his disciples because they were willing to accept what he taught as divine truth.  You too can understand them if you are willing to put faith in what he says.  If not, they will be as a mystery to you.

Certain things in the Bible are said to be mysteries.  Some of them are the following;

  1. The kingdom of heaven ( Mark 4:11)
  2. The translation of the living saints (I Corinthians 15:51-53)
  3. The church as the body of Christ (Ephesians 3:1-11)
  4. The church as the bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:28-32)
  5. The mystery of Christ in us, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:26-27)

Do you have a tender heart? Are you willing to accept the Bible as divine truth?  If so, the truths of the Bible will open up to you so you can understand them if you study them.  It will also be a great help if you attend a good church where the Bible is taught and preached.   Revelation 1:3 says, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”

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